LHS girls going to State

Outlook staff writer
Photos by Garrett Harr.  Aspen Cotter blows past her defender during her outstanding tourney play last weekend.

The Lady Locomotives won the first game of the tournament in a hard fought 56-51 victory over Browning.
It was a close game through three quarters where Laurel trailed for long stretches of time, but then pulled together for a spectacular fourth quarter and win.
The girls outscored their opponent 24-16 in the final period.
Aspen Cotter was huge in the game, especially in the final minutes when she drove into the lane for two clutch layups with time expiring.
It wasn’t easy after that.
Laurel lost 48-37 in the second game of the tourney before having a very strong defensive 42-25 win over Glendive after that.
Eventually losing by eight to Belgrade in the last game, the Locomotives are one of four teams who move on to compete at the State tournament in Butte starting today through March 4.
The LHS boys have the luxury of having a week until State while the girls have to be ready now.
“We’re very excited to get back to the State tournament,” head LHS girls coach Amber Griffith said of her team. “We’re looking forward to another week of basketball together. We had stretches of really good basketball over the weekend at Divisionals and I’m hoping this week at State, in Butte, we can put together longer stretches. If we can play well executed, complete games, I like our chances against anyone.”
She’s right, it all depends on which Loco team comes to play in State. They have had stretches of greatness and times of disappointment. In Butte all the cards are on the table for this outstanding team and the momentum they have built in the last few weeks.
After the losses, have they been depleted, or will they bounce back strong? Laurel is pulling for a victory.

Laurel def. Browning 56-51
Browning 9 14 12 16  — 51 
Laurel 6 14 12 24 — 56 
Browning: Shaely Yellow Kidney 2, CrowSpreadsHisWings 9, Jacelyn Croff 10, Lacie Goss 4, Erika Mad Plume 2, Olivia Hall 9, Ronnal Jordan 2, Tamika Guardipee 1, Morgan Croff 2, Marselina Whiteman 10.
Laurel: Rylee Clark 5, Apen Cotter 14, Paige O’Toole 4, Dakota Boehler 9, McKenna Robertus 5, Riley Chapman 8, Ellie Kildahl 11.

Havre def. Laurel 48-37
No stats available.

Laurel def. Glendive 42-25
Glendive 2 5 8 10 — 25 
Laurel 13 12 8 9 — 42 
Glendive: Thea Robson 4, Wyniah Mintz 9, Taya Torres 2, Karsen Murphy 6, Carrie Nagle 4.
Laurel: Rylee Clark 9, Apen Cotter 12, Paige O’Toole 2, Dakota Boehler 3, McKenna Robertus , Sammi Spitzer 5, Ellie Kildahl 9.

Belgrade def. Laurel 48-40
Laurel 9 15 4 12 — 40 
Belgrade 6 11 20 11 — 48 
Laurel: Rylee Clark 15, Aspen Cotter 4, Dakota Boehler 2, Kaitlyn Dawes 2, Sammi Spitzer 10, Riley Chapman 1, Ellie Kildahl 6.


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